Bodies of Beartown Firefighters Back Home

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 4:34 PM EDT
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The bodies of two Beartown firefighters killed in a crash in Minnesota this past weekend have made it home.

23-year-old Jimmy Shelifoe Jr. and 25-year-old A.J. Swartz were carried back by a long procession of firetrucks, and other law enforcement vehicles.

They left the Thomas Dougherty Funeral Home in South Minneapolis early Tuesday morning, and took more than half a day to reach the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Hundreds of people lined the streets throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to honor the two fallen heros.

They will both be laid to rest this week.

The services for the firefighters have been scheduled by the families as followed:

James Frederick "Jimmy" Shelifoe Jr.:

Traditional native services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at KBIC Zeba Hall. The family will greet fiends at the Zeba Hall on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Pinery Cemetery. Following interment, friends are invited to join the family for fellowship and a luncheon at the Zeba Hall.

Alan John "A.J." Swartz:

Funeral services for A.J. will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the KBIC Zeba Hall with Pastor Steve Rhoades officiating. The family will greet friends at the Zeba Hall on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. A luncheon will be held immediately following the funeral service.